Stevens Point Daily Journal, July 23, 1881

Stevens Point Daily Journal

July 23, 1881

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Stevens Point Daily Journal (Newspaper) - July 23, 1881, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Journal MeGLACHLIN SIMONS, Editors and Proprietors, Devoted to the Interests of Central Wisconsin, and the Vindication of Republican Principles. VOL. XII.- NO. 11. STEVENS POINT, WIS., SATURDAY, JULY WHOLE NUMBER LILY. EY WILLIAM rBITfcLASfc. Wiist i ft ehiM of %n wth Nature tliim Ijith tiunvi) no fMb IP a work (to dotiy By thrlrt pjuudhig I'le sun. I." widely UN-I! IWWIT itreuiiiiihhli bour In bout! JtiU'Jiiit'iit ti drawn tbo gcniub uf the ibrfti: oirve is With a muniing T.urj dimpK- 's a Of utltt'rrul tilting f'Ul. u man mi-Mil (puff and ut nior- tliiui IriKdomn' L HA, her rr'tt u of jjoMt n curia: Au'l thai nittnu r arouuc old tb' of atu'uit time 1'u aaveutuo: ilwls Lovil) Uly-LU) dawahko, Lih fttwulikr, Tripping a foot -ir> As ibcf-mttif fvhK'il (-1 nuns t'ii Huaulii-d from I li' avcn by tbw-t ijiveii April to M t> With the sorcery "f iliiiif Htar-lil'H in m tin- rky With tliy hHtfhitr, With tby U'Jumb pa'n fiMin IKUM toil I' wi ar> iii.m Ka> ttinluxira-ul a- tin- d Ji' I ti-uod tiit> t" In HJJ Jc fart- diu it but UttV'j 31 art- old Win utftbiuk-i th'-ii art as A-i a foarlc'ui of ttu 1 bun onii'-t en iK-nrtlc'l uu'ti KamvU'Uv h-itU iim.l viLln KLinliki M-rely twiiik'o tb) coaii a imnu-iKe to thru art men li.'iiUrnt i'f all I'Vi-rm tb'Mi ;n only fr-im haarl Wh it a Hjw.tirsn In art In t-Mid-.i lljibtof [Frmii tb" JJiooJtljn SOME FAMOUS MISERS, Avarice, it has been justly said, is a weed that will grow in barren soil; it is generally found in those who have few good qualities to recommend them. One old writer says it may be termed the grand sepulchre of all the other pas- sions, us they succe.isucly decay. But, unlike other tombx. it is enlarged by re- ploticu and strergihenedbyage. Moore, the poet, speaks uf it as That btot fol'y of man's sjiMnc M'ntunnf; in the ot hfo, uobler pasftouH their heatctl ptrifc, sttiixim; with ami ftur, And collecting lumber in the rear. The lived of all the celebrated misers will be found much the same iu these particulars: They were very seldom married, the were unsocial, though sometimes fond of animal pets; they maintained existence on food, the quan- tify and quality of which a dog would have objected to; they were very sel- dom stirred to Iho slightest degree of benevolence, and they nearly always disappointed the expectations of their heirs. But there are some exceptions to these general rules. Barrow, in his travels, mentions having seen a Dutch miser near the Cape of Good Hope. He was hill old man, with a thin, sallow visage, beard of dingy black, that, extend- ing to the eyes, where it met the strag- gling hair of the forehead, obscuring the face like a visor. Living with him as his wife was an old Hottentot woman, nearly 100 years old. Avarice seemed to run in the family, for he had a brothei and .sister who lived several miles of) among the mountains TOO were equally parsimonious. In the beginning of this century there was an old man named W. Fuller, who lived with his son in a hut, consisting of two chambers and n sitting-room. Their allowance of food was a mutton-chop npiece, and a pint of porter between the two, for the last being a lux- ury they could not go without, proving that appetite was stronger than will. They went to bed in the dark. Olc Fuller was a banker, and retained hi clerks ou low salaries by promising them legacies when he died. But the prom ises were not fulfilled; he wrote his wil on the back of an old letter, and left al his property, worth to his son. That the hoarding of money has given actual pleasure to these poor wretches there can bo no doubt. It stands ti reason it must bo so, or they woulc hardly throw up their interest iu both worlds: First ebjved in this, then dammed in that to come." Jeremy Taylor, a famous miser, used to say if his successors had as much pleasure iu spending his property as he had in hoarding it up, they need not complain of their hard lot in this Mention is mnde of a miser whose pulse quickened as if in a fever on hearing a large sum of money mentioned. He was a Catholic, and made the sign of the cross with a gold goin. He had chests full of gold, each named after some snint, aud decorated them on sattts' days. "When dying, he requested the specta- tors to withdraw from the room n fow moments. They did so. On returning they found the old man lying dead on a largo bag, both his hands clutching a piece of gold. This calls to mind the case of Henry Beaufort, Cardinal of Winchester, who cried out on his death- bed: Fye, will not death be hired, and will money do nothing Must I die that have such riches? If the whole rer.lm of England would save nay life, I am able, cither by policy to get it, or by riches to buy The death of the miser Foscoe, who amassed an immense fortune by usury and taking every advantage he could of the necessities of the unfortunate, was dramatically appropriate. For reasont of safety he dug a hole in the ground and secreted his treasure there; he made a trap door wit ha spring lock, and would go down daily to gloat over his savings. Ho lived a solitary life, but one day his neighbors remarked that he had not been seen for an unusually long time. They made search for him through the house, the woods and the ponds, but failed to find him. Years afterwaid, when work- men were repairing the house, they came across the secret cave in the cellar. Deepening it they found Foscoe's re- mains amid heavy bags of nntold treas- ures, he had died with the object of his devotion. The methods by which misers have accumulated their huge fortunes much the same; it was by saving, rathe than by making money, that they be came rich. Daniel Dancer dined on twocket; if he needed more money he begged on the roml. By such methods, ;uid lending money to the French gov- ernment, he made a fortune of sprung from a single shilling. During the very cold winter of 17131 he found it necessary to purchase some extra fuel, and endeavored to beat down the wood merchant in his price. The man drove off aud Vainlille stole a few logs from the back of the cart. In hastening away with them he became overheated and contracted a bad fever. He scut for (he surgeon, telling him he wanted to be bled. As the surgeon charged half a livre, which was considered too much, a barber was called in, who agreed to open a vein for threepence. "But, said the cautious miser, "how often will it be requisite to bleed ''Three replied the barber, "Three Aud pray what quantify of blood do you intend to take from me at each operation "About eight ounces each, time." "That will be ninepcuce; too much too much! I know n cheaper way; take the whole twenty-four ounces at once, and that will save me six- pence." He saved his sixpence, but loot his life. Sir William Smyth, of Bedfordshire, a wealthy miser, agreed to give GO guideas if Dr. 'Taylor, a celebrated occulist, re- stored him to sight. The doctor suc- ceeded so well that Sir William was able to read and write all the rest of his life without spectacles. But he pretended at the time of his cure that he only had a glimmer of his surroundings, aud on that account succeeded in getting the fee reduced to one-third of the original price. A St. Petersburg miser, who lived in the time of Catharine II., resorted to a peculiar method to save a little money. He had a large mastiff dog to watch his house, and trained him to bark and howl all night, finally, the dog died. Not caring to go to the expense of pur- chasing another, the old man personated a dog himself, and went about the honse morning and evening, barking and howling in imitation to his former pro- tector. This man lived in one damp room, in a large dilapidated old house, nd we are told that his cellar contained isks of gold and packages of silver. He as the richest man in Russia. In striking contrast to the mean char- cteristics which stem to come natural the miser, there are two anecdotes, ml have been handed down to us, of le benevolence of extremely avaricious ien. Some years ago there lived in I.irseilles, France, a miser named Guot. was noted for his parsimony, had al AN OLD BLOCKADE RUNNER. Cjpt. Princo Givet Some Reminiscence! of Peril- ous Service in Diyi of the Confederacy. [From the Philadelphia Tliuerf.) Capt. Henry Price is the owner and master of the flue schooner Etiwan, of Charleston, S. C. His vessel reached this port u few days ago with a cargo of feet of pine lumber, luul while the 'longshoremen were unloading her he entertained a half-dozeu interested listeners with his story of blockade run- uiug for tv.o years in Charleston harbor. "I am now sixty-seven years of said he, "and for fifty-bcvcn years I have been a seafaring man, and during all that length of service, was never ship- wrecked but once, and that was on the const of Ireland, iii the. ship Vulcan, Capt. Daniel Bunker, of New York. The ship wits homeward bound, loaded with iron from Stockholm, but, having ,-pruug a leak, she bore up toward Liv- cipooi in distress, and in doing BO was misled by a bright ou shore, which .ihe mistook for a lighthouse. It was subsequently ascertained that the light was made by the burning of tar by a votiwl in distress, and that five vessels were wrecked that night in consequence of making the same mistake as the Vul- I'.iu, Every seaman ou bouid of the Vul- can Mas sived, butwiih the exception of u lad all on board of the four other ves- sels that were wrecked were lost. "For forty-seven years I have been a rebideut of Charleston, and during the greatest part of that time I have held a coutrolliugiiitercstin oneor more vessels. While the war lasted 1 was sole owner of the schooner Simtee, and had an interest iu half a dozen blockade runners; but it is of the Siiiitee that I particularly want to speak. For two years I landed with that schooner from thirty to fifty tons of sand at Fort Suinter every other night, and during that period of blockade ruu- I am quite certain that one thou- sand shots mid shells were fired at my vessel by the monitors, gunboats and barges in the harbor, but with the ex- ception of a long twenty-two-iacher fired from battery Wagner, three milcsdistant, the San tee was never struck. "The last night I ran the blockade thirty-two shots and shells were fired at me, and owing to the close proximity with which they whizzed about my ears, I refused to run the blockade any more, and for that refusal I was arrested by MottPendle, provost marshal of Charles ton. and ordered to the front of Lee's army. I refused to go, ami appealed to Commodore Tucker, commander of the confederate fleet at Charleston, ami when I made the fact knowu to him that my vessel absolutely floated pabt the union guuboats on account of the deat calm that prevailed and because of the perfection of the Yankee system of throw- ing calcium light a great distance, block- ade running in a sailing vessel under dead calm was not advisable, but that 1 would be one of a dozen to volunteer to run a steamboat, provided the govern- ment would furnish the boat. After thorough bearing of the case, Coinmo dore Tucker exonerated me. Having no more sand with which to repair the daia age made the last d_ay to the fort by th should have one-half of it for giving tin information. One o! my best boys tol Wbcu Huctflrii Cow awuy! Oar cut met that tby Mutb When going [or ralk, Alt'! M> Lct'h haU who is